Yeah this happened on Friday but whatever, I want to talk about how Stephane Auger is a terrible ref and it's awesome that he's no longer going to screw up calls in Bruins games in the National Hockey League. Of note: Auger is only 41 so between that and this Dave Shoalts tweet, I think he was so bad he got fired. Which is, uh, kind of amazing.
NHL announces "retirement" of referee Stephane Auger after 12 yrs and one major blowup with Alexandre Burrows. More to this than meets eye.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) June 15, 2012
#NHL referee Auger had right to appeal his "retirement" but with only 10 playoff games in 12-yr career plus Burrows deal unlikely to win.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) June 15, 2012
So yeah he got himself fired. Roberto Luongo, who is literally the best athlete on twitter, had a few words to say about it, too:
This has a Brett Favre saga written all over it"@passittobulis: Referee Stephane Auger has announced his retirement."—Strombone (@strombone1) June 15, 2012
Some other reactions:
if stephane auger is retired then who is going to be the most demonstrably terrible official in the league? WHO WILL TAKE UP THE MANTLE— ryan lambert (@twolinepass) June 15, 2012
Referee Stephane Auger has retires. Party at my place tonight.— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) June 15, 2012
A great day for all involved.
Stephane Auger Makes A Bad Call Highlight:
There are other examples (like when he took Stanley Cup of Chowder Favorite Alex Burrows aside during pre-game warmups, told him "I'm going to get you" and then proceeded to call a bazillion penalties on him. Not that I particularly like Burrows but Auger was just terrible)
Who's your least favorite ref? Favorite ref? (Active, I mean. Yeah I'm talking to you, leafs fans)